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from Damien Cox at ESPN,

We stumbled across one league spy’s “notes” from the 2008-09 regular season. The spy went under the name “twitterHockeyMole,” but the spy’s “bio” wasn’t readily available. We still think it’s legit. You be the judge.

Made it in. Have infiltrated the NHL’s NY offices. Nobody knows; spying for Paul Kelly. Wonder if Ted Saskin can read my e-mail?
10:22 a.m., Sept. 15 Sent from twitterHockeyMole

RT @JohnDavidson: What did they teach Erik Johnson at the NDTP? You’d think getting out of a golf cart would be part of it.
4:56 p.m., Sept 15

Ran into Bettman. Told him it would be great to hold awards in Vegas. He accidentally spat coffee on my white shirt. Dumb idea, I guess.
2:15 p.m., Sept. 19 twitterHockeyMole

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All About thePortal at NHL.com

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Ira Podell of the AP writes about thePortal at NHL.com which will become available to fans on April 13th.


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Wings Sign Goaltender Jordan Pearce

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DETROIT—Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jordan Pearce to a two-year entry level deal beginning with the 2009-2010 season.

In keeping with team policy, additional terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pearce, 22, spent the past four seasons with Notre Dame of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. In 2008-09, he was a finalist for the CCHA player of the year. He finished the season 30-6-3 with a 1.68 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and eight shutouts.

He led the nation in wins and shutouts, was second in goals-against average, and fifth in save percentage. He was selected as the CCHA scholar-athlete of the year. Pearce backstopped the Irish to both the CCHA regular-season and playoff titles this season. He was also named the CCHA’s best goaltender in 2007-08.

Pearce is currently with the Grand Rapids Griffins on an amateur tryout. He is scheduled to backup goalie Jimmy Howard tonight when the Griffins face-off against the Hamilton Bulldogs at Van Andel Arena.

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Twittering Hockey

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

In my never-ending goal to make life easier on you, the reader, I’m compiling a list of useful Twitter accounts related to hockey. If you’re not on Twitter, I suggest you sign up to follow some of these people because it’s a really useful way to get news and information quickly. It’s my guess that we’ll see every journalist utilizing Twitter at some point, but here’s who I’ve found so far.

read on for the Hockey Journalists and the Hockey Bloggers…

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Versteeg & Sharp Out

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via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

Winger Kris Versteeg was injured during practice in Bensenville on Friday and is doubtful to play Saturday afternoon when the Blackhawks take on the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

The rookie was skating by himself when he tripped and fell along the boards. He got up slowly and skated to the bench area while holding his right arm. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said afterward Versteeg could play Sunday afternoon when the Hawks and Wings have a rematch at the United Center.

Winger Patrick Sharp, sidelined with a left leg injury, did not make the trip to Detroit and won’t play Sunday but the team is hoping for his return for Game One of the playoffs next week.

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Outlook For Non-Playoff Teams

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Over the next two months, the hockey world will focus on the chase for Lord Stanley’s prize. But before we dive headfirst into that wild journey, let’s sign off for this season and look at the teams that won’t make the spring party.

We’ll touch only on the 12 teams that were officially eliminated from the playoffs as of Friday morning. Let’s start with the Western Conference, and we’ll do the East later today:

Edmonton Oilers
Shame on yours truly for picking the Oilers to win the Northwest Division at the start of the season, but it sounds like we contributed to some inflated egos on that team….

Dallas Stars
We were told Thursday the Stars’ front office is not thinking about a coaching change. So it appears coach Dave Tippett is likely safe, which probably makes sense. The man loses Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov for almost the entire season and Brad Richards for the most important part of the year—the team’s three best players—and people expect the Stars to survive that? Come on, folks; let’s be realistic….

read on

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With The Return Of Beauchemin, Ducks Get Better

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Barring a setback, (Francois) Beauchemin will join them Friday night, and the Ducks suddenly don’t look like anybody’s idea of a walk in the playoff park.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Beauchemin told ESPN.com. “I’ve been feeling really strong.”

Although he does not boast the profile of the Ducks’ other twin defensive giants, captain Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, Beauchemin’s contributions to the Ducks’ emergence as a league power cannot be underestimated. During the Ducks’ run to the Cup in 2007, he averaged an incredible 30:33 a night in ice time during the playoffs.


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All Datsyuk

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy,

SovSport’s Dmitry Shumin and I decided to catch up with tireless Datsyuk, who might very well be the third finalist, together with Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, for the Hart trophy.

Datsyuk discusses playoff pressure, Chris Osgood’s place in history, Don Cherry criticism, whatever this “Art Ross Trophy” is and many other topics. And just like in our previous interviews with the unsung Russian superstar, Pavel gave us more of his sense of humor….

They say that defense wins Cups. Are you worried about your last line of defense?  Fans say that the Red Wings do not have a reliable goaltender.

They also say that you will be unlucky if a black cat crosses the road in front of you. I agree that goaltending is important. Goaltender’s play affects the confidence of the entire team. We are working on it, working hard in defense.

On a different note, your goaltender Chris Osgood caught up with Dominic Hasek and has as many wins. He is now 10th in the NHL history. But there is a presumption that Osgood was lucky to play for the great Red Wings.

Awesome! But what’s the question?


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Habs Would Prefer To Face Washington

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

While the players will insist during the next few days it doesn’t matter which team they’ll be facing, I suspect they would prefer taking on Washington in the first round, and to do that they must finish as the No. 7 seed.

Why the Capitals? Why a team that has the NHL’s best player in Alex Ovechkin? A team that almost surely has this season’s Norris Trophy winner in Mike Green?

It starts with Jose Theodore.

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Hossa’s Groin Strain

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Wings received good news on the Marian Hossa injury front, as an MRI revealed no torn muscle in his groin, which he injured during the second period of Thursday’s game. Hossa wanted to play in Sunday’s regular season finale in Chicago, but he’ll miss the last two games, including Saturday’s home game vs. the Blackhawks. Hossa and the club are hopeful that he’ll be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.

“I’m pretty optimistic,’’ Hossa said. “I had some groin injuries before, but this one doesn’t seem like something that would bother me as much.’‘

more on the Wings…

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